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Kon Tum (VNA) – Dak Nong commune of Ngoc Hoi district in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum has been recognised as a new-style rural area, becoming the first border locality of the province to receive the title.

Dak Nong commune shares a 10km border with Laos. It consists of nine hamlets with 3,800 people, mostly from the ethnic group of Gie Trieng.

After five years, all the hamlets have access to electricity and essential infrastructure such as transport and irrigation works and schools. The ratio of poor households fell to 6.2 percent.
 
Nguyen Huu Nong, Chairman of the Dak Nong People’s Committee, said the commune will prioritise infrastructure development and continue raising public awareness of the new-style rural area building programme.
In addition, the commune will facilitate the locals to access bank loans and mobilise resources to support the locals’ production while accelerating technology transfer and providing vocational training courses.

To date, Kon Tum province has 13 new-style rural communes and it targets 25 communes receiving the status by 2025.

The national programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Government in 2010, includes 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics and defence, aiming to boost rural areas of Vietnam.

The criteria cover infrastructure development, production capacity improvement, environmental protection and cultural value promotion.-VNA